Is Colombia Worth Visiting?

Located in the northwest of South America, Colombia is a mesmerizing blend of vibrant culture, architectural grandeur, immense biodiversity, and striking landscapes. Known for its vast coffee plantations that produce some of the finest brews in the world, it also presents a rich cultural tapestry of music and dance, particularly Salsa. Colombian emerald mines, believed to produce the highest quality gems in the world, add a sparkling allure to its reputation. Its history echoes through colonial structures, intriguing archaeological sites as the Lost City of Teyuna, and pre-Hispanic cultures evident in the Gold Museum. For nature lovers, the Amazon rainforest, pristine beaches of Cartagena, snow-capped Andean peaks, and the unique flora and fauna promise an unforgettable encounter with Mother Nature.

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 24 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.4/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4.4/5

Solo travel experience

Colombia was my dream country. I spent 3 weeks solo there and was able to visit Cartagena, Santa Marta, Salento, and Medellin. I felt safe and was able to do all the things I wanted to do when visiting Colombia. I met so many amazing people and made memories of a lifetime.

Posted: February 11, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I solo traveled to Colombia for 5 weeks in March last year but ended up doing most of the trip with another girl and we never really felt unsafe and had such an incredible time.

Posted: February 8, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Colombia is such an amazing country with a beautiful, diverse climate, friendly people, and delicious food. I spent 12 days there alone and never felt unsafe as a woman travelling alone. I encourage everyone to go there. My itinerary: Bogota - 1 day, El Cocuy National Park - 4 days, trekking Salento - 3 days, Medellin - 3 days with a one-day trip to Guatapé.

Posted: December 26, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled to Colombia as a solo traveler who does not speak Spanish. It was safe, but I only stayed in tourist areas. I used Uber everywhere, it was cheap for short trips around the city. I visited Medellin and Cartagena. Cartagena is more fun and beautiful. Overall, it was a good experience, but I didn't like that too many street vendors harassed me wherever I went.

Posted: November 7, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I visited Medellín, Cartagena, and Barranquilla. I flew from Cancún to Medellín, then from Medellín to Cartagena, then from Cartagena to Barranquilla, and finally, from Barranquilla I returned home. As for transportation, I used airplanes for all my trips. I paid for almost everything with a card, and the currency exchange rate was favorable. In Medellín, I stayed in Provenza and honestly, I found a super cheap Airbnb there. I visited Guatape, it's beautiful there and one should not miss this place. The food is delicious, especially the cheese and chocolate. I once returned at 4 in the morning and honestly, I felt safe there. In Cartagena, I stayed in Morros City, where I had a spectacular view. Everything was close to me, except for the city center, which was not too far, but I preferred to use a taxi or Uber. You can use Uber without any issues, it's very cheap, as are taxis, but you should ask how much all the services will cost. As for safety in Cartagena, you should be more careful, especially at night, and avoid walks in the early morning hours, that's all.

Posted: September 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent 14 days in Colombia, having a very low budget. It was my first time on a plane, and I visited Santa Marta and Cartagena, where I felt very safe. I met nice and helpful people along the way. I was quite scared, but now I feel that I can handle anything. I highly recommend Parque Tayrona if you love nature. It's a real paradise.

Posted: September 4, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went on my first solo trip to Colombia in my life. I spent an amazing time on the coast. I visited Cartagena, Santa Marta, Minca, Tayrona National Park, Palomino, Cabo de la Vela, San Andres. I felt extremely safe all the time. I strongly encourage visiting this beautiful country.

Posted: August 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled from south to north. I started in Cali (a salsa center), and then headed north. I went to Cali, Salento (for hiking and seeing huge palm trees), Medellin (I did a walking tour in Comuna 13), Guatape (to climb the hill and see the views of the lakes), Cartagena, Santa Marta (a nice seaside town), Minca (mountains), and Parque Tayrona (a coastal national park). I travelled alone, using public buses, and I felt safe.

Posted: August 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Colombia is one of my favorite countries because it is naturally beautiful, but the people and culture additionally highlight this. It's a country that still has a bit of a bad reputation (drugs, crime, Escobar etc.), but I always felt safe and welcome.

Posted: July 31, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Colombia is super safe. Easily one of my favorite countries I have ever visited. I was there for a month: I carried a camera, phone, etc. with me, I walked around at night. I'm blonde and don't speak Spanish very well. I never had any problems nor did I feel out of place.

Posted: May 26, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Eunice

Eunice

About Me

Hello ladies, I am Eunice Lopez. I am 33 years old and I’ll start a world trip on Jan 10th,2024. Will spend the whole year in South, Central America and the Caribbean. Looking forward to connecting with you!

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Jessica

Jessica

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Hi! I am a scientist from America and I love seeing new cities.

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Marie

Marie

Cali

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello! M’y name is Marie, im half french and half spanish, I work in the field of defense of womens rigths, I graduate as a political scientist in both countries. Im currently living and working in Cali, colombia after living for 6 months in Buenos Aires Argentina.

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Solimar

Solimar

Bogotá

Can host for:

7 days

About me

Hi, My name is Solimar and I'm interested in animals, art, camping, culture, cinema, dancing, fashion, food & cuisine, history, photography, solo travel, swimming and writing

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Chrissy

Chrissy

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Hello I’m Chrissy and I work in Veterinary Medicine I’m a nurse. On my free time I enjoy traveling and amusement parks.

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Summer

Summer

About Me

Hi! I’m Palestinian, Muslim, single, no kids, focused on traveling around the world as much as possible with work and other obligations to work around. I love exploring cities, history and culture.

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